Villas-Boas wants new Bale contract while Hughes sees him at Man United

Andre Villas-Boas wants Welshman Gareth Bale to end speculation about his future by signing a new contract at White Hart Lane, reports BBC Sport.

The 23-year-old is under contract in North London until 2016, but speculation persists that the former Southampton man could be on his way out of the club in a big money move in the summer.

Villas-Boas, however, wants to reward Bale for another sparkling season with an improved contract to reflect the Welsh wizard’s influence in his team.

He said: “It would be good for him to sign a new contract. I think he deserves it for the season he’s had. Obviously we could put to bed every single speculation that’s coming out.

“It (a new contract) would be excellent and I think a reward for what he has achieved this season.”

Bale’s 20 Premier League goals – 25 in all competitions – for Spurs this season has seen him sit third place in the goalscorers’ charts, with only Robin van Persie of Man United and Luis Suarez of Liverpool sitting above him in the rankings.

Man United legend Mark Hughes, meanwhile, believes that Bale is “made to measure” for the Red Devils.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Bale’s Welsh compatriot stated his belief that Bale could flourish in the North West.

He said: “When I went abroad the [it was to the] big, attractive leagues and financially it was more advantageous to go abroad. The likes of Italy and Spain were paying more money then so that that was one of the motivating things.

“But Gareth doesn’t have to leave the Premier League because the Premier League is huge worldwide. His profile would be as big playing in the Premier League as it would playing in La Liga [Spain] or Serie A [Italy].”

Hughes did admit, however, that a player of Bale’s stature tends to have very few options when taking the financial aspect of any transfer deal into account.

He continued: “Very few clubs in world football can really afford the amount that people seem to put on his head. So maybe his choice of clubs will be limited in that respect.

“So if the clubs that can pay the money aren’t what he feels are best for his career, then he may stay where he is.

“But at some point in the future there’ll come a time where you feel you need to change for whatever reason – it may be your personal circumstances or whatever – but I’m sure at some point he’ll play for one of the world famous clubs.”

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